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  • Article
    27 June 1997

    SAK and TT announced the renewal of their basic agreement on 6 June 1997. The
    new agreement permits SAK and TT's member organisations at industry level to
    agree on certain issues outside the auspices of the national agreement. The
    agreement also states that agreements on subcontracting and hired labour will
    include a clause whereby subcontractors or the company responsible for
    subcontracting commit themselves to complying with the relevant collective
    agreement as well as labour and social legislation. Furthermore, the new
    basic agreement includes a section on the notification of political strikes
    and sympathy strikes. The period of notification is four days.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    Apprenticeships, together with secondary vocational schools (ninth to 13th
    grade, around 15 to 19 years of age), form the backbone of the Austrian
    skill-formation system. They are a part of the formal educational structure,
    and are usually entered into at the age of 15, after completion of the
    compulsory nine years of schooling. They involve an employment relationship
    plus formal schooling over a period of three or sometimes four years.
    Schooling is for the equivalent of one and a half or two days per week.
    Apprentices graduate through a final examination in which they have to prove
    their theoretical and practical grasp of the occupation concerned. There are
    about 45,000 establishments having certified trainers among their employees.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    A reform of Portugal's Statute on Teaching Careers is currently under
    negotiation in a context that has favoured strengthening the power of the
    teaching trade unions, given that education is one of the Government's
    priorities. This feature highlights the strategy employed by the teaching
    unions to assume greater control over their profession in terms of autonomy,
    social mobility and control of their labour market.

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The aim of the ETUC day of action (EU9704120N [1]) was to mobilise pressure
    on the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) (EU9704117F [2]) and the Amsterdam
    European Council meeting (EU9706133N [3]) for a strong commitment to
    employment creation in the revised European Union (EU) Treaty.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/etuc-organises-european-day-of-action-for-employment
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/progress-of-the-intergovernmental-conference
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/amsterdam-summit-agrees-new-draft-treaty

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    On 21 May 1997, after five bargaining rounds, the miners' trade union
    Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau und Energie (IGBE), the salaried employees'
    union Deutsche Angestelltengewerkschaft (DAG) and the Unternehmensverband
    Ruhrbergbau (UVR) employers' association for the hard-coal mining industry in
    Northrhine-Westphalia, concluded a pilot agreement which covers roughly
    75,000 employees in the Northrhine-Westphalia hard-coal mining industry. The
    framework for the contents of the agreement was partly set by the "coal
    compromise" of 13 March 1997 (DE9703104F [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/miners-revolt-ends-in-corporatist-compromise

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    Jarmo Lähteenmäki, the chair of the Finnish Paperworkers' Union- one of the
    most powerful unions in the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions
    (SAK) - announced after a meeting on 11 June 1997 that the union will not
    enter national negotiations on incomes policy. Instead, "the Paperworkers'
    Union will focus directly on talks with individual unions" - ie, it will
    engage only in direct industry-level negotiations with employers in its
    sector. The union cited special problems in its sector which prevented it
    from participating in comprehensive national incomes policy discussions, such
    as the utilisation of outside labour in factories, the move to shorten
    working hours, the contracting-out of different factory operations, and the
    decision by two of the largest firms in the forestry industry to discontinue
    personnel funds (a form of profit-sharing scheme).

  • Article
    27 June 1997

    The high priority currently given to budget consolidation has been translated
    by the Austrian Government into, among other measures, a need to limit
    increases in civil service costs - currently ATS 215 billion per year - to no
    more than 1.3% annually. The Government is trying to achieve this aim by
    reducing the number of civil service employees, keeping salary increases
    moderate in real terms, and reducing pensions.

Series

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This publication series include the ERM reports, as well as blogs, articles and working papers on restructuring-related events in the EU27 and Norway.

  • European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the European Working Conditions Telephone Survey (EWCTS) 2021, an extraordinary edition conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Developments in working life, industrial relations and working conditions in the EU

    This publication series gathers all overview reports on developments in working life, annual reviews in industrial relations and working conditions produced by Eurofound on the basis of national contributions from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents (NEC). Since 1997, these reports have provided overviews of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the EU and Norway. The series may include recent ad hoc articles written by members of the NEC.

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • Minimum wages in the EU

    This series reports on developments in minimum wage rates across the EU, including how they are set and how they have developed over time in nominal and real terms. The series explores where there are statutory minimum wages or collectively agreed minimum wages in the Member States, as well as minimum wage coverage rates by gender.  

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2015. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

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